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FINAL: NORTH ALLEGHENY 28, BETHEL PARK 0
Final stats: North Allegheny nine first downs, 159 yards rushing, 81 passing yards and 240 total yards. Cage Galupi 7 of 13 for 81 yards. Isaac Weaver six carries for 120 yards.
Bethel Park 11 first downs and 107 rushing yards, 68 passing and 175 total. Alex Minton 22 carries for 89 yards and Sam Polen 8 of 13 for 68 yards.
North Allegheny will advance to the quarterfinals to meet No. 1 seed Upper St. Clair
NORTH ALLEGHENY 28, BETHEL PARK 0
Won't give many more updates on this one because it's over. Isaac Weaver scores again 40 yards TD. PAT good. 9:12 left in the game.
Weaver now has 120 yards on 6 carries. I'm sure Art Walker is saying I Like Ike.
Thought this one would be close. Penn-Trafford leading Penn Hills, 14-10
NORTH ALLEGHENY 21, BETHEL PARK 0
On first play after Bethel Park turned ball over on downs, Isaac Weaver goes 60 yards for TD. PAT good. 21-0 with three minutes left to go in third.
9:10 Again Bethel Park turns the ball over on downs. NA with another big defensive play. This time on fourth-and-1 from the NA 40. NA takes over with 3:12 to go in third.
9:06 Nice call by me. Moment I say Bethel doesn't have passing game, QB Sam Polen throws 29-yard pass to Gary Gerst.
NORTH ALLEGHENY 14, BETHEL PARK 0
After a 22-yard punt, NA takes over at Bethel 36 and moves for TD in five plays. Isaac Weaver caps it with a 1-yard TD run. Seth Mancuso PAT kick. Five minutes to go third quarter.
I can't see Bethel Park coming back from this. Lack a passing game.
9:00 - Change of possessions. NA takes over at Bethel Park 46.
Geez, not much defense at Kittanning. Late in first half, Yough leads Kittanning, 36-28.
Is Tri-County South not going to show up again? Conference champ and undefeated Beth-Center trails Apollo-Ridge 28-14
HALFTIME: NORTH ALLEGHENY 7, BETHEL PARK 0
North Allegheny only touchdown on 1-yard run by Cage Gaulpi.
First-half stats: North Allegheny only 1 yard rushing. But Galupi, making his first start of the year, completes 5 of 9 for 85 yards.
Bethel Park, often using two tight ends, has 82 yards rushing on 24 attempts. But only 16 yards passing.
8:22 I'd say Bethel is not real great at coming from behind with this offense. No passing game without QB Levi Metheny.
NORTH ALLEGHENY 7, BETHEL PARK 0
North Allegheny goes on top. Drives 75 yards in eight plays. Cage Galupi scores on 1 yd. run. Galupi set up TD with 35 yard pass to his buddy, Elijah Zeise.
8:13 Neither team can do much offensively, especially NA. But NA takes over at 25 with 4;58 left. NA has no running game.
Lot scoring in Class AA game. Kittanning and Yough tied 20-20 after first quarter.
Kindhal Taylor TD run for North Hills cuts Gateway lead to 13-7
8:07 Bethel Park turns ball over on downs at 28.
8:04 Alex Minton 28 yd. TD run called back holding.
Wow again. 7-0 Baldwin over Central.
Good game. Montour leading Franklin Regional 14-7
Montae Nicholson long TD catch. Gateway leads North Hills 13-0
7:59 NA coach Art Walker about halfway on field arguing roughing punter call. BP gets life at NA 39.
Wow. McKeesport losing to Peters Township 6-0.
END FIRST QUARTER: BETHEL PARK 0, NORTH ALLEGHENY 0
NA only one first down first quarter.
From Horse, Woodland Hills leads Pine-Richland, 6-0, late first quarter
7:50 What a stand from NA defense. Bethel Park has first and goal at the 3. Stopped on four downs. The last play from the 1, Bethel Park's Alex Minton loses 2 yards.
From "Dan Man" Ricky Rogers TD catch and Gateway leads North Hills 7-0
7:39 NA goes three and out but will be hurt by 16-yard punt.
7::38 Without Levi Metheny, BP will rely heavily on its running backs. One first down and then punted. NA first at the 20.
7:35 We are under way. Bethel Park ball first. Levi Metheny is not playing starting QB for Bethel Park. Injured right hand. Sam Polen is starting.
**** 10 minutes before game time and Bethel Park side isn't even half full???? Must be like Laker games. Late arriving crowd.
But a lot of these first-round games don't draw well.
**** OK it's 6:47 and here in the press box and Rick Meister thinks there is a UFO in the sky at the end of the stadium. Meister is from the North Allegheny athletic department and does the games on the North Allegheny sports network for MSA Sports. It's a shining light that hasn't moved. Mesiter says it is not a star. He put his binoculars on it. He is absolutely mesmerized by this. Rick will be alright if we can maybe get him some water.
Truthfully, I think it is some kind of ship with Upper St. Clair coach Jim Render in it. He's just spying on this game because if USC wins, USC plays the winner.
**** Obligatory shoutout to cousin Mark Wener's daughter, Victoria. She's Bethel Park majorette, pom-pom girl, flag line or something.